More than 100 registrations for new H-1B petitions have been mistakenly denied by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, due to a malfunction in the new electronic registration system.
The new system enables an employer to register a company and submit the foreign citizen’s name they want to petition for the H-1B temporary visa, VisaGuide.World reports.
Nearly 275,000 registration has been made by the employers, for the initial period for H-1B visa Cap, surpassing the annual cap of 85,000 visas allowed under the US law, as this was the first time that USCIS started implementing the new electronic registration system.
Electronic process of applying mistakenly denied a number of over one hundred registrations as duplicates, even though they were not duplicates. The USCIS computer system eliminated many legitimate registrations erroneously.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association started noticing the problem when members indicated that they had received a denial notification, on bases that H-1B registration is a duplicate submission.
“Members report that the status for certain beneficiaries has been updated . . . to indicate that the status of the beneficiary is ‘denied’ . . . on the basis that a duplicate H-1B registration was submitted by the same petitioner for the same beneficiary” Diane Rish, associate director of government relations at AILA announced.
Some 31 immigration attorneys, reported to AILA that 103 H1-B registrations were wrongly rejected as duplicates.
The applicants reached out to USCIS for a solution under this situation, but couldn’t find any, as yet.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), last year finalized a regulation for the new registration system.
Last year, the USCIS, revealed that the testing phase of the electronic registration process had been successfully completed and ready for this year’s H-1B lottery.